DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

A spark of hope.

Written nine years after his friend Charles Dickens finished ’Oliver Twist’ Hans Christian Andersen wrote ’The Little Match Girl’ to shed a light on an oppressed and silent group – our children. H C Andersen’s timeless story and the urgent message of our film, is as much a mirror for the indifference today as it was back in 1846.

H C Andersen’s story about the poor little girl, who desperately lights a match to survive the winter night and is drawn into a dream world where the flames of fire give her hope for a better life, has stayed with me ever since I read it as a child. Andersen once said: “my tales were just as much for older people as for children, who only understood the outer trappings and did not comprehend and take in the whole work until they were mature.”

My vision with LITTLE MATCH GIRL was to make an inventive fairytale, with its own voice. Experienced through the eyes of a strong, clever and imaginative young girl.

A spark of hope.

Written nine years after his friend Charles Dickens finished ’Oliver Twist’ Hans Christian Andersen wrote ’The Little Match Girl’ to shed a light on an oppressed and silent group – our children. H C Andersen’s timeless story and the urgent message of our film, is as much a mirror for the indifference today as it was back in 1846.

Hans Christian Andersen’s story about the poor little girl, who desperately lights a match to survive the winter night and is drawn into a dream world where the flames of fire give her hope for a better life, has stayed with me ever since I read it as a child. Andersen once said: “my tales were just as much for older people as for children, who only understood the outer trappings and did not comprehend and take in the whole work until they were mature.”

My vision with LITTLE MATCH GIRL was to make an inventive fairytale, with its own voice. Experienced through the eyes of a strong, clever and imaginative young girl.

When Soni and I wrote the screenplay my father in law was struggling with cancer. Before we finished the film, the cursed disease had won the fight and my beloved mentor was gone. I embarked on this philosophical journey to explore what it may look and feel like to reunite with a late loved one. Maybe there is an afterlife, maybe not.

Hope is vital, but can often feel distant. Children are left alone with their thoughts when we adults don’t dare to dream or explore this tough subject together. I’m hopeful LITTLE MATCH GIRL can ignite a conversation about death from a child’s perspective. To make it less taboo and spread a spark of hope around us.

 

Björne Larson

Director, writer
LITTLE MATCH GIRL

When Soni and I wrote the screenplay my father in law was struggling with cancer. Before we finished the film, the cursed disease had won the fight and my beloved mentor was gone. I embarked on this philosophical journey to explore what it may look and feel like to reunite with a late loved one. Maybe there is an afterlife, maybe not.

Hope is vital, but can often feel distant. Children are left alone with their thoughts when we adults don’t dare to dream or explore this tough subject together. I’m hopeful LITTLE MATCH GIRL can ignite a conversation about death from a child’s perspective. To make it less taboo and spread a spark of hope around us.

 

Björne Larson

Director, writer
LITTLE MATCH GIRL